Things I Love About Summer: An Incomplete List

Driving to the suburbs at sunset with the windows down playing melancholy music I liked in high school (looking at you Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Live at Radio City)

When the sky turns green before a tornado

Stopping whatever I’m doing to watch a Thunderstorm

Always feeling a little sticky

The way a wood floor feels underneath my feet when it’s hot out and the wood’s expanded

Going on long sweaty runs next to bodies of water

Drinking a cold Miller Lite after said long sweaty run

Walking as an event

Leaving an air conditioned office at the end of the day and realizing it’s beautiful outside

“Reading” outside on a blanket, but actually just taking a nap

The idea of going to the beach

The 4th of July parade in small suburban towns (shoutout to the Jesse White tumblers)

Eating novelty ice cream at a public pool

Being able to call the trashy romance novels I love “beach reads”

That one outdoor party of the summer where you don’t get too drunk or sunburnt and everyone is really nice and you don’t get the Fear the next day

Farmers Market vegetables

Watching all the traffic on the Eisenhower while my mom and I drink wine and she teaches me how to grill

Going to outdoor concerts with friends who think to pack a picnic

Festive tequila shots

Wearing all-white and feeling really classy


(Inspired by this post on Cup of Jo)


  • Karen

    Hi Maddie! I’m new to your blog and loving it. I’m curious what event was pictured above and if it takes place in the Midwest.

    Many thanks!

    • Maddie Brady

      Hi Karen! Welcome to the blog! The photo is actually of my alma mater, Bryn Mawr College – we do a big celebration and wear all white and it’s amazing! I wish we had a version in the Midwest, too!

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